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  • Cocky Kurwenal: Their vibratos will kind of match, at least! I’m afraid it’s kind of my Norma from hell but I’m very... 7:22 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Whether Yoncheva is doing too much too soon is something we won’t know until after she’s done it. But she... 7:20 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Thanks, everyone, for a great discussion on this thread, one of the most informative I’ve read at Parterre in a... 4:17 AM
  • Lohengrin: My idea: AN will do the new production with Alvarez or YE and JK will take over with KO. 1:58 AM
  • armerjacquino: Evyazov was singing Des Grieux for Muti at the Rome Opera when they met. That’s the top of the profession right there. 1:23 AM
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  • LT: She did Boheme in June of 2015. Unless you’re being sarcastic, which you probably are but I will pretend to not notice. 10:11 PM
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Eminence grise

Levine

Even when he’s not conducting the production, or, for that matter, even after the production is closed, Maestro Levine remains a presence on the Met’s website.   Read more »

Starry starry night

Although the season is less than three weeks old, Metropolitan Opera audiences may hear nothing else this season as beautiful as Peter Mattei’s “Song to the Evening Star.” The Swedish baritone’s slightly eccentric, always meltingly lovely Wolfram was the shining highlight of the return Thursday evening of Wagner’s Tannhaüser after an absence of 11 years.  Read more »

“What gets me…!”

It is one of the most basic truths of the gay male experience that any life situation imaginable can be summed up with a line from All About Eve. And, as you see from the headline above, that’s how La Cieca (pictured, artist’s conception) is reacting to this utter balderdash about James Levine‘s cancellation of Lulu at the Met.   Read more »

Two jobs

The Friday afternoon news dump in excelsis

“Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg’s Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner’s epic drama Tannhäuser.”

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guest

Be my guest!

James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.

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Figaro

Ten thousand bedrooms

The Metropolitan Opera desperately needed a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.

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Figaro

Wedding bell blues

“So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.”

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THE DOG IN THE MANGER

It’s a good career

Music Director James Levine (pictured, left) is obviously feeling well enough that he can get back to favorite pastime, i.e., making sure nobody else has a success except him.

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isolde

Namenlos in Lieb’ umfangen

SiriusXM is broadcasting right now a 1981 performance of Tristan und Isolde featuring Gwyneth Jones (pictured) and Spas Wenkoff, with James Levine conducting the work that season for the first time in his career.

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cieca_pubie

There is something I must do, there is something I must do

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards.

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